Speed Up an Older Computer

Kristen Hewes - Hardware Technician

I just wanted to pop in today and talk a bit about speed. We had a laptop in last week that was slow and the customer wanted it back to the way it was.

Well, the laptop was older and it was starting to show.  It took forever to boot up and even once it did it still took forever to do anything.

The first thing I noticed was that they were running Windows 7.  There was no way that the computer came with that, and the sticker on the side told me so. =)

I took a look at the system specs and saw that they had 756mb of ram ( - I don't know who put that in).  So, I suggested bumping it up to 2gigs, and, boy, did that help!  Then, I took a look at the startup menu and stopped a bunch of things from starting on boot up, and I finished with a disk defragmentation.

While not the fastest machine, the difference was noticable right away and the customer was very happy with the results.

All the best.